Storm Julia Weakens Into A Depression, Meandering Off Of U.S. Coast

Tropical Storm Julia weakened into a depression and is expected to meander off the coast of Georgia and South Carolina for the next few days, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said on Thursday.

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Julia is located about 60 miles (95 km) south-southeast of Charleston, South Carolina with maximum sustained winds of 35 mph (55 kph), the Miami-based weather forecaster said.

“A slow and erratic motion is expected over the next couple of days, and the track forecast keeps Julia meandering offshore of the Georgia and southern South Carolina coastlines into Saturday,” the NHC said.

Julia, the 10th named storm of the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, was moving northeast at 2 mph just off the U.S. coast, as little change TO its strength was expected during next two days, it said.

Heavy rain combined with high tides raised concerns of flooding in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and other coastal parts of the state into Thursday morning, forecasters said.

Some residents in coastal communities were offered sandbags to prepare for flooding in low-lying areas.

Since late Tuesday, Julia has dumped heavy rains and toppled trees in the region, but has not caused significant damage, the National Weather Service said.

On Thursday morning, the hurricane center also was tracking a tropical depression that was expected to bring heavy rains to the Cape Verde islands off West Africa. On its forecasted track, the system would remain far away from the coastal United States through early next week.

Meranti: Strongest Super Typhoon Of The Year Barrels Toward China, Taiwan

Hundreds of people have been evacuated in southern Taiwan and China has issued a red alert as the region braces for the impact of the strongest storm of the year.

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Super Typhoon Meranti is barreling down on Taiwan, bringing wind speeds of up to 230 miles per hour (370 kph), faster than a Formula One race car, and torrential rains.

Schools and offices across the south of the island have closed and dozens of flights have been canceled, according to the official China News Agency.

Two people have been injured, and more than 260,000 households have lost power in counties across southern Taiwan, according to Taiwan authorities.

More than 370 domestic and international flights have been canceled and train services have also been suspended.

As of 7 a.m. local time Wednesday morning, around 1,500 people had been evacuated from the affected areas, Li Wei-sen, of the Taiwan Central Emergency Operating Center, told CNN.

Almost 4,000 military and police personnel have been deployed to the region to prepare for potential future evacuations, but he said authorities are not expecting major damage or destruction.

China braces for impact

While the 23 million people in Taiwan are likely to be buffeted and soaked by Meranti, the main brunt of the storm will fall on mainland China. The storm is expected to make landfall in Guangdong or Fujian provinces during the day on Thursday.

Authorities in six south-eastern provinces as well as Shanghai have initiated emergency response measures as the storm approaches, according to state run news agency Xinhua.

If the storm makes landfall in eastern Guangdong, it could be the strongest to hit the province in 47 years, Xinhua reported.

“It only took nine hours for Meranti to grow into a super typhoon from a typhoon,” Guangdong meteorologist Zhang Dong told the news agency.

“Packing winds between 202 to 220 kilometers per hour, it is interacting with another storm, Malakas, 1,000 kilometers away, and the route could be hard to predict.”

China’s National Meteorological Center issued a red typhoon warning at 6 a.m. local time Wednesday, while authorities warned that waves eight to 13 meters (26 to 42 feet) high could be expected in the northeastern part of the South China Sea.

Super typhoon

After a period of rapid intensification Monday and Tuesday, which saw Meranti grow from a Category 1 equivalent storm to that of a top-scale Category 5 in only 24 hours, the super typhoon has maintained winds of 190 mph (305 kph) for nearly 24 hours.

With current gusts of up to 230 mph (370 kph), Meranti is the strongest typhoon since Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the Philippines in 2013 and is the strongest storm to come this close to Taiwan since 1959.

The storm is nearing the southern tip of Taiwan, and though its eye may pass a few miles south of the island, dangerous typhoon-force winds greater than 74 mph (120 kph) extend nearly 80 miles (125 km), and will cover much of Southern Taiwan.

From there the storm will track through toward the northwest and move into mainland China.

Storm veterans

Taiwan, despite being a frequent target for powerful Pacific typhoons, has a very good track record of limiting the storms’ deadly impacts. But as storms move into the mainland, they often turn deadlier. The flatter terrain — prone to storm surges and inland flooding — and higher population density often result in higher numbers of people killed or misplaced by the storm.

This was the case with a similar storm, Super Typhoon Nepartak, which hit in almost the same location as where Meranti is forecast to travel. Nepartak, which made landfall on July 8, caused at least three deaths in Taiwan and cut power to over half a million, but became much deadlier as it moved into mainland China.

Despite weakening to a tropical storm as it hit mainland China, Nepartak and its associated heavy rainfall of up to 10 inches (254 mm) killed more than 80 people. Meranti is expected to be much stronger than Nepartak when it hits mainland China, with winds around 130 mph (210 kph), which would make it equivalent to a major Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic or Gulf of Mexico.

Tropical Storm Julia a Flood Threat in Coastal Georgia and South Carolina

Tropical Storm Julia formed late Tuesday night and is now spinning inland across southeast Georgia.

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Julia is the first tropical cyclone on record to be named while over land in Florida, according to Dr. Phil Klotzbach.

The main concern from Julia will be heavy rain along the immediate Southeast coast through Thursday, which could result in flooding.

The tropical storm warning that was is in effect from Fernandina Beach, Florida, northward to Altamaha Sound, Georgia has been discontinued.

Latest Status on Julia

Tropical Storm Julia was located about 10 miles west of Brunswick, Georgia, as of Wednesday morning.

Julia will continue to crawl northward, while weakening to a tropical depression later Wednesday. By Thursday, Julia is expected to become a remnant low over Georgia.

Some tropical storm-force winds gusts have been observed along the coast of northeast Florida and southeast Georgia from Julia.

Rainbands from Julia will continue to impact mainly coastal parts of Georgia and South Carolina.

Forecast Impacts: Heavy Rain the Main Threat

As mentioned before, heavy rainfall is the main threat from Julia.

Rainfall accumulations are likely to be in the 3- to 6-inch range near and to the north of the storm’s center of circulation along the Southeast coast, particularly in Georgia and South Carolina. Isolated rainfall totals could amount to 10 inches.

A flash flood watch has been issued for portions of coastal Georgia and South Carolina. This includes Savannah and Charleston.

There is a low possibility that a brief tornado or two could form on Wednesday in coastal parts of Georgia and South Carolina.

Greater Manchester Plunged Into Darkness As The Great September Storm Brings Lightning, Thunder, Rain And Chaos

The county was suddenly plunged into darkness around 6pm when dark clouds rolled in and dumped more than 30mm of rainfall in just one hour, about half the average for the whole of September.

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Homes were deluged, shops like the Harvey Nichols department store were closed and the entire Metrolink system came to a shuddering half when lightning knocked out two electricity sub-stations.

Market Street in Manchester city centre was awash.

Manchester City’s Champions League match against Borrusia Monchengladbach had to be called off just before the kick-off as the pitch inside the Etihad stadium was flooded and roads around the ground were treacherous.

Dozens of flights in and out of Manchester Airport were delayed while two in-bound flights had to be diverted to airports in the midlands.

The storm affected part of Stockport worst, with the village of Bramhall being submerged in water.

Firefighters were called to 106 reports of flooding in just 90 minutes at the height of the storm, in many cases working to isolate to the electricity supply to ensure householders’ safety.

The firefighters’ busy evening dealing with weather-related incidents started at 6.24pm when B&Q on Kingsway in Manchester was flooded.

At 6.27pm firefighters were sent to Winchester Drive in Heaton Norris, Stockport, where water affected the electrics.

At the same time another fire engine was scrambled to Crossley Road in Stockport where a woman and a boy were trapped in a car which was stranded in the middle of flood water under a railway bridge.

The mum and child managed to scramble out of the vehicle before they were looked over by paramedics.

At 6.29pm the fire service sent one of its crews to Buckingham Road West in Heaton Morris, Stockport, after flood water gone into a garage.

At the same time another engine was called to Heaton Road in Manchester where the water had forced its way into a property and again affected the power supply.

Firefighters were also scrambled to Queens Road in Cheadle Hulme where flooding had affected a vetinary practice

At 6.30pm a fire engine was sent to Bright Eyes Child Care Nursery on Demesne Road in Manchester where water had affected the electrics.

Firefighters were also scrambled to Queens Road in Cheadle Hulme where flooding had affected a vetinary practice

At 6.30pm a fire engine was sent to Bright Eyes Child Care Nursery on Demesne Road in Manchester where water had affected the electrics. Many of these properties with damaged electrics were later fixed by an electrician, once the weather had calmed down.

A few minutes later they went to Broadway in Bramhall, Stockport, where again the water had affected power to the property. Firemen were sent to a report of flooding in Alness Road in Manchester by 7.14pm.

At 7.36pm the fire service sent at crew to The Village Hotel Club and Restaurant on Captain Clarke Road in Hyde.

Scores of tram passengers were left stranded in the city centre after lightening struck three of Metrolink’s sub-stations, resulting in all services being suspended.

The disruption lasted well into the evening with services cancelled on the Bury and Altrincham line plus a reduced service running on the East Didsbury line due to flooding.

Rail networks were also left in disarray with many trains delayed until 10pm due to the weather.

Many commuters complained of being stranded in the city centre for the evening.

Cara Nuttall wrote: “Sooo… Stranded in an insane thunderstorm, soaked with no coat, umbrella or plan.#manchester public transport is in meltdown and no cabs.”

Roads were affected too with many impassable for cars due to flooding.

Several drivers were forced to abandon their vehicles on Salmon Fields in Royton while Bramhall high street was left with floods at least 1ft deep. Surrounding villages have also been affected by the flooding as the drains struggle to cope with the volume of water. Some residents have reported that they are experiencing plumbing issues. Companies like https://sharpplumbing.com/service-areas/sudbury-ma/plumbing-services/ are working relentlessly to get residents’ plumbing issues resolved.

Hundreds of homes and businesses were left without electricity. If your home is left without electricity once the supply is reinstated, or you are concerned about the electrics in your home being damaged by water, you should contact a local electrician. You can find a list of the services available from most electricians if you visit https://electricspokane.com/. Be sure that everything is safe before you start using it again.

Super Typhoon Meranti Rapidly Intensifies; Dangerous Threat to Taiwan, China and Northern Philippines Early This Week

Meranti is now a super typhoon after rapidly intensifying into the equivalent of a strong Category 4 in the western Pacific Ocean.

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Parts of Taiwan, the northern Philippines and southeastern China will see impacts from this dangerous typhoon over the next few days.

Latest Status and Forecast

As of Monday morning (EDT), Meranti was centered more than 600 miles southeast of Taipei, Taiwan.

Meranti is being steered to the west-northwest along the southwest periphery of an upper-level high pressure system that is located to its north.

The typhoon has undergone rapid intensification, which means maximum sustained winds increased by at least 30 knots (about 35 mph) in 24 hours or less. According to the Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), Meranti’s winds had increased from 80 mph to 130 mph in the 18 hours Sunday 5 a.m. EDT – 11 p.m. EDT.

As of Monday morning (EDT), the JTWC said that Meranti had become a super typhoon, which is when maximum sustained winds reach 150 mph or greater.

Factors leading to the rapid strengthening include low wind shear and warm ocean temperatures.

Taiwan, China and Northern Philippines Should Monitor Closely

Although there is uncertainty in the forecast track, all interests in Taiwan, the northern Philippines and southeastern China should monitor Meranti’s progress and take appropriate action if needed.

In some ways, the forecast track for Meranti resembles the one Nepartak took in early July. Nepartak made landfall as a super typhoon (winds 150 mph or greater) near Taitung City in southeastern Taiwan as a Category 4 equivalent. It then moved into southeast China as a tropical storm.

Here’s a general timing of when Meranti’s impacts may arrive and what they may be. Keep in mind, however, that all of this will be highly dependent on the ultimate track that Meranti takes.

Taiwan : Timing: Meranti’s worst potential impacts would be Wednesday, local time (Tuesday night – early Wednesday U.S. time…Taiwan is 12 hours ahead of U.S. EDT).

Possible impacts: Damaging winds, flooding rain, mudslides and storm surge flooding in areas that are prone.
Uncertainty: Meranti’s exact path in relation to Taiwan will dictate the severity of any wind impacts. If Meranti moves along the southern portion of the forecast path, this may keep the strongest winds near the eye just offshore from southern Taiwan, but heavy rain and flooding would still be major concerns. In addition, heavy surf and coastal flooding would be threats.

Northern Philippines :Timing: At the moment, the core of Meranti is forecast to pass north of the northern Philippines Luzon Island on Tuesday, local time. Meranti is known as Ferdie in the Philippines.

Possible Impacts: The Batanes and Babuyan islands are the most likely areas to see damaging winds and heavy rainfall depending on Meranti’s path. Far northern Luzon Island could also be brushed with heavy rain and strong winds, particularly if Meranti takes a more southern path.

China : Timing: Meranti is forecast to move into southeastern China late Wednesday into Thursday, local time. Areas from Hong Kong northward along the coast should monitor the progress of Meranti closely.

Possible Impacts: Potential threats in eastern China will greatly depend on how much the mountainous terrain of Taiwan disrupts the typhoon. At the very least, heavy rainfall can be expected, which may result in flooding. Damaging winds and storm surge flooding will also be potential threats.

Rainfall Forecast

Parts of Taiwan, particularly the southern and eastern sides of the island, could pick up over 12 inches of rain as Meranti passes near or just south of the island. Higher elevation locations will likely see the greatest rain amounts.

The heavy rainfall will then spread northward into southeastern China, with over 5 inches of rain possible along the coast.

Due to these copious amounts of rain, flooding and mudslides are both major concerns in Taiwan and southeastern China.

Another Typhoon After Meranti?

Well to the east of Meranti is another system that is developing in the western Pacific.

It could also threaten parts of east Asia later this week, possibly as a typhoon. The next named storm in the west Pacific would be Rai.

The latest forecast track for this potential typhoon curls it northeast into Japan’s Ryukyu Islands late this week. All interests there, including in Okinawa, should monitor this system closely the next several days.

Eventually this system could impact southern mainland Japan next weekend.

Tropical Storm Orlene Rapidly Strengthening Into Hurricane

Tropical storm Orlene has emerged in the Pacific Ocean hundreds of miles southwest of Mexico and is rapidly strengthening.

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The National Hurricane Center in Miami says Orlene emerged from a tropical depression early Sunday and is centered about 700 miles (1,125 kilometers) southwest of the southern tip of Baja California, Mexico. The storm has top sustained winds of 65 mph (100 kph) and is moving toward the northwest at 9 mph (15 kph).

An advisory issued late Sunday says Orlene is rapidly strengthening and is expected to become a hurricane by late Monday. Forecasters say the storm posed no threat to land early Sunday and that no coastal watches or warnings are in effect.

Tropical Storm Newton Makes Second Landfall in Mexico, Threatens U.S. With Rain

Hurricane Newton weakened to a tropical storm as it made its second landfall in Mexico early Wednesday, but forecasters warned it would dump dangerous amounts of rain on the U.S. later in the day.

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The storm faded after unleashing 90-mph winds and heavy rains on the tourist resorts of Los Cabos on Tuesday.

Hurricane Newton weakened to a tropical storm as it made its second landfall in Mexico early Wednesday, but forecasters warned it would dump dangerous amounts of rain on the U.S. later in the day.

The storm faded after unleashing 90-mph winds and heavy rains on the tourist resorts of Los Cabos on Tuesday.

By 8 a.m. ET, Mexico’s government had discontinued all coastal watches and warnings for the storm, which was located about 55 miles northwest of Hermosillo, Mexico, and about 180 miles south-southwest of Tucson, Arizona.

Newton’s maximum sustained winds were 60 mph, the National Hurricane Center said in its 8 a.m. advisory. It was moving north at 18 mph.

On Tuesday, Newton smashed windows, felled trees and sparked widespread power outages. Tourists huddled in hotels and locals sheltered in their homes as the storm churned over the Baja California peninsula.

Two people died and three were missing after their shrimp boat capsized in rough seas generated by the hurricane in Mexico’s Gulf of California, according to The Associated Press.

Although it packed a punch, Newton did not bring the same level of destruction to Los Cabos as Hurricane Odile, which devastated parts of the luxury resort region in Sept. 2014.

After crossing the Gulf, the storm made its second landfall on mainland Mexico at around 3 a.m. local time (6 a.m. ET) while packing winds of 70 mph, according to the National Hurricane Center.

Rainfall of up to 12 inches was expected to spark “life-threatening flash floods and mudslides,” especially in coastal areas, according to the Weather Channel.

The storm was set to cross the U.S. border into Arizona around nine hours later.

If Newton keeps its tropical-storm strength all the way to Arizona, it will be only the sixth storm to do so on record, according to Weather Channel meteorologist Jim Cantore.

The National Weather Service has issued flash-flood watches across southern Arizona, New Mexico, and far western Texas. It warned the storm would bring “showers capable of producing heavy rain and in turn causing flash flooding,” with some regions getting as much as five inches during the downpour.